by Sarah Penner


Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.

Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.

With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating debut novel of secrets, vengeance and the remarkable ways women can save each other despite the barrier of time.

'A bold, edgy, accomplished debut!' Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress

'Dark, clever, and wickedly fun, The Lost Apothecary is a true page-turner.' Erika Swyler, bestselling author of The Book of Speculation

'Penner’s debut had me completely under its spell... Riveting and utterly original.' Fiona Davis, bestselling author of The Dollhouse

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ISBN (Hardback): 9781789558975
ISBN (Ebook): 9781789558982
Price: £14.99 (Hardback), £8.99 (Ebook)

Pub date: 2nd March 2021

Extent: 288 pages
Format: 135x216mm
Rights Held: UK and Commonwealth, excluding Canada
Translation rights: No



Sarah Penner is the debut author of The Lost Apoth-ecary, to be translated in eleven languages world-wide. She works full-time in finance and is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women's Fiction Writers Association. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg, Florida with their miniature dachshund, Zoe.

Twitter: @sl_penner

Instagram: @sarah_penner_author